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Mercosur Amends Labelling Requirements for Textiles and Apparel

The Mercosur Common Market Group recently issued a regulation modifying the current regional labelling requirements for textiles and apparel. Mercosur member nations have been given until 15 June to incorporate these new requirements into their respective national legislation.

The new regulation does not appear to include any major changes to the requirements of GMC Resolution 33/07. Some of the more notable modifications are summarised below.

  • one fibre representing less than five percent by weight or two or more fibres representing less than 15 percent by weight of the fibre content of a product may be disclosed as “other fibre” or “other fibres”, as applicable (this threshold is currently 10 percent)
  • a new provision clarifies that when the textile yarn is intrinsically added to a fabric made from a different yarn, thereby becoming an integral part of that fabric, the fibre content of such fabric must reflect the incorporation of such yarn
  • care labelling will have to be carried out in accordance with ISO 3758:2013, compared to ISO 3758:2005 currently
  • new language explicitly requires the ISO 3758:2013 care symbols to be used in the correct order and comply with certain other conditions
  • elastomultiester and melamine have been added as generic fibres
  • the list of exclusions from the labelling requirements has been modified by adding lined buckles, Christmas and similar decorations and stuffed door seals and removing textile products for rent
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